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SECTION B THE IS SAQUAH PRES S COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY JULY 15 2009 Big crowd, good weather help kick off new season of Concerts on the Green ie strle PHOTOS BY ADAM ES C I-IBACH Above, 111e BeanBarry Delights perform in front of a [owing crowd out- side the community center at the Concerts on the Green. At left., Carolyn and Glenn Hall dance to classic songs from the 1950s. The Halls have been married for 40 years and love to swing dance. Above, Lauren Brltt (in front), Hannah Wllldnson and Miles Parker have a .little funs they sled down a hill while inside a cardboard box. Below left, Kevin 'Gross' Gregg sports a pink shower cap as ge, singing along with his band, The BeanBarry Delights. The band started in i973. Community invited for some chocolate, wine and jazz The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce invites the general public to the 21st annual Choco- late, Wine & All That Jazz from 5:30-8 p.m. July 23 at Boehm's Candies, 255 N.E, Gilman Blvd. Sample local fare and fresh chocolates while sipping Washing- ton wines and ales from a dozen Issaquah restaurants, wineries and wine shops. After tasting the samples, enjoy local jazz, private tours of the chocolate factory and a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $30 per person. Tick- ets are only sold in advance. Lim- ited tickets are available and are selling quickly. Participants must be at least 21. For tickets or to learn more, go to at www.issaquahcham- bet.corn, call 392-7024 or drop by the office at 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Washington Trail Association's Reid Director Alan Carter Mortimer (left) demonstrates trail mainte- nance sawing at Trailsfest. BY ED GRENFELL i , i(, Above, brother and sister Madison and Benjamin Daniel-Smith laugh and" play. At left, Anna Miller (in the red shirt) and Molly Dowling watch from above as BeanBarry Delights singer and guitarist Berry Kemmelly plays below. i Dnl Johnston Skyline grad creating a blog a day for a year BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER t times, Dru Johnston talks like he's not sure what he has got himself into. The 2003 Skyline High School graduate-turned New York City resident works a day job just like everyone else -- he's the mar- kefing manager at Twistage. The Whitman College theater graduate also works on the side as an improv actor, doing comedy shows around the city with A New Deal Comedy. That s what he loves to do. But where he thinks he went wrong was when he randomly de- cided in April to commit to creat- ing a new blog every day for one year. No, it's not just writing one new post per day, but actually launch- ing a brand new bl0gWeb site every 24 hours foFSdays. You could call it a- : mentary pct o he quirky thgs-'m!lt . : : Some might all it !ii waste of time. "Initially, I did it because my roommate and I were riding the train home together and I kept threatening him that I would do a blog against him," Johnston said. He looked at me and said, 'Why not just do a blog?'" It's called "The Year of The Blog," and it features topics such as the weirdest headlines on cnn.com, the story of the Cuban Revolution as told through word clouds, the swine flu version of "Charlotte's Web" and Johnston's thoughts before, during and after running into a bicycle. Some might wonder why people would care to read it. "More than anything else is kind of the entertainment factor," said Johnston's younger brother and fellow actor Zane Johnston. "It's fairly simple. It's really short, This is really unique and fun and enjoyable,, because it's kind of re, laxing. It s like watching an SNE sketch. It s short, it s sweet and it's not something you have to commit to." Dru Johnston said his original reason for starting the blog-a-day project was to simply see ff he could See BLOGGER, Page B3 Issaquah Alps Trails Club joins Trailsfest BY LAURA GEGGEL utdoor enthusiasts i headed to Trailsfest are in for a treat this week- end. Where else can , people go bird watch- ing, learn about mountain weather forecasting and take notes on ice climbing basics? "We like to think of Trailsfest as the coolest outdoors expo in Washington," Trailsfest coordina- tor Lace Thornber I ;aid. "It just kind of takes every Ling that's great about getting outside and brings it all to one place." Trailsfest has spent eigh of its 16 years at Rattlesn ke Lak in North Bend. Last year, about IFYOU GO Trallsfest 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 18 Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend. 3,000 people of all ages showed up for the free event. Thornberg threw in an incentive for all peo- ple arriving by bicycle: Those peo- ple are eligible to receive a free raffle ticket for a cycling prize. Bikers can take a six-mile ride on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail from the lot at Tanner Road and North Bend Way. People who are See TRAILSFEST, Page B3 ',, ............. zs: .............................................. ,  ' ' ' "  tiiti;!tTirl t,lli;,rtii,,l,tllllU]lllllllliIiiill]16 I .... II i lll i i